Assignment 5 – A Sortable, Searchable List for a Story

Jennifer Castro

The following chart and table relate to data regarding the number of adult arrests sorted by New York county. This data has been collected and recorded from 1970 to 2016. Taken from the New York Data site directly, an adult arrest is an arrest of a person 16 years old or older or a juvenile offender prosecuted in adult court. The total number of arrests per year equates to the sum of the following crimes:

  • Drug Felony
  • Violent Felony
  • DWI Felony
  • Other Felony
  • Drug Misdemeanor
  • DWI Misdemeanor
  • Property Misdemeanor
  • Other Misdemeanor

The chart below shows just a few of the counties found in the data set. This was done for the purpose of steering clear of visual overload if every county was portrayed. The chart also shows years 1970, 1980, 1990, 2010, and 2016, and not each year from 1970-2016 for the same reason. It is important to note that each county has different populations, which may account for the difference in adult arrests over time, but it is still interesting to compare each. What can be easily seen from the chart is that each of the counties portrayed seem to have the same trend from year to year. The numbers are obviously different, but the trajectory of the lines follows a similar route. Each county shown depicts a decline in adult arrests from 2010-2016, for example.

Adult Arrests by NY County

For an easier way to relate to each county, here are some of the well-known areas in which they are made up of as well as population information:

  • Bronx County:
    • The Bronx
    • Population: 1,418,733 (2013)
  • Kings County:
    • Brooklyn
    • Population: 2,592,149 (2013)
  • New York County:
    • Manhattan
    • Population: 1,626,159 (2013)
  • Suffolk County:
    •  Babylon, Brookhaven, East Hampton, Huntington, Smithtown, Southampton
    • Population: 1,493,350 (2010)
  • Queens County:
    • Queens
    • Population: 2,296,175 (2013)

The table below shows each year’s reports from 1970 to 2016 for every New York county. It is easily searchable and sortable, and shows each year successively. Interested in each county’s information from the 70s up until 2016? Check it out for yourself below!

The data in the above chart and table can be found here.

More information about New York’s counties can be found here.